Humanitarian Mission

Little Jilnar is a 10-year old Syrian girl who suffered from gigantomastia. It is a rare condition that involves developing extremely large breasts due to excessive breast tissue growth.

Last year, she underwent a skin sparing mastectomy on her left breast done by a colleague.

Unfortunately rapidly enough, her right breast started to grow and another mastectomy was needed. So last fall, Prof. Hamdi travelled to Damascus for a humanitarian mission. With the help of the Hamdi Foundation, expenses were covered and Prof.

Hamdi was able to operate on Jilnar. He did a mastectomy on her right breast and insertion of expanders on both her breasts.


Jilnar quickly recovered and she is very happy (Jilnar with her mother)

The surgery consisted of nipple-skin sparing mastectomy with Becker’s breast expander inserted in both breast. These expanders are adjustable silicon implants. The breast volume will progressively be increased in the upcoming years. When Jilnar reaches the age of 18, then pure silicon implants will replace these expanders.

Jilnar quickly recovered and she is very happy (Jilnar with her mother)

Special thanks to my wonderful surgical team that assisted Prof. Hamdi in the Al Chami Hospital in Damascus.

Gigantomastia is a rare condition characterized by excessive breast growth. It may occur spontaneously, during puberty or pregnancy, or while taking certain medications. The growth may occur slowly over a period of a few years. In some women, the breast growth occurs rapidly over the course of just a few days or weeks. Gigantomastia can cause breast pain, Infection or lesions on the skin of your breasts, especially under your breasts, neck and back pain caused by your breasts pulling you down and also poor posture.